Preparedness and Response to Public Threats: How Ready Are We?: Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Witnesses
The Honorable  Nicole Lurie, M.D.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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The Honorable  Thomas Frieden, M.D.
Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Honorable  R. Gil Kerlikowske
Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Commissioner Kerlikowske will be accompanied by Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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The Honorable  Nancy E. Lindborg
Assistant Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development
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The Honorable  David L. Lakey, M.D.
Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services
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Source: www.hsgac.senate.gov

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A doctor’s mistaken Ebola test: ‘We were celebrating. . . . Then everything fell apart’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — When Martin Salia’s Ebola test came back negative, his friends and colleagues threw their arms around him. They shook his hand. They patted him on the back. They removed their protective gear and cried.

But when his symptoms remained nearly a week later, Salia took another test, on Nov. 10. This one came back positive, sending the Sierra Leonean doctor with ties to Maryland on a desperate, belated quest for treatment and forcing the colleagues who had embraced him into quarantine.

“We were celebrating. If the test says you are Ebola-free, we assume you are Ebola-free,” said Komba Songu M’Briwa, who cared for Salia at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown. “Then everything fell apart.”

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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McCaul, Carter Letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson Calls on DHS to Comply with WMD Law | The House Committee on Homeland Security

Dear Secretary Johnson,

Since you assumed your duties as Secretary of Homeland Security, we have been encouraged by your efforts to streamline the Department and to improve operations through your “Unity of Effort” initiative.  In light of current threats to the Homeland, these management actions take on additional importance.  DHS must function more efficiently if it is to secure our Nation against attack and disasters more effectively.

However, we remain concerned about the Department’s lack of responsiveness to Congress regarding organization and policy on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) defense.  As required by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), DHS was directed in law to conduct a review of its WMD defense functions to be submitted to Congress no later than September 1, 2013.  More than a year later, we have not yet seen this report, nor have we been formally briefed on its findings.

Source: homeland.house.gov

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Agroterrorism bioterrorism | Homeland Security News Wire

“For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do,” said Tommy Thompson during his 2004 farewell speech when he left his post as U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. Documents found in a 2002 U.S. military raid on an al-Qaeda warehouse showed that terrorists sought to contaminate the U.S. food supplies. The documents included detailed instructions for attacking U.S. agricultural assets. Researchers at the University of California-Davis’ Western Institute for Food Safety and Security(WIFSS) are studying vulnerabilities of the U.S. agricultural system to the threats of agroterrorism.

Source: www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com

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